The Farm Report -- 8/4/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Thursday 3 August
Box Scores

AAA: at Round Rock 6, Albuquerque (COL) 1
Record: 51-60, 21.5 GB

SP Tyler Wagner: 6.1 IP, 2 H (1 HR), 1 R, 3 BB, 4 SO, 6.46 ERA
RP Sam Wolff: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 HBP, 2 SO, 2.48 ERA
LF Willie Calhoun: 2-4, HR (24), .297/.355/.575
1B Ronald Guzman: 3-4, double, .316/.387/.476

Watch Willie Calhoun go the other way for his first homer in an Express uniform. He has plenty of hits to all fields, but only two of his 24 homers this season have landed left of center. Drafted in in 2015, Calhoun doesn't need to be added to the 40-man roster until after 2018. He's going to beat that deadline by a fair margin.

Jason Wood won his 500th game as a minor league manager. 2017 is his ninth in the Texas organization and seventh as manager.

AA: at Frisco 1, Corpus Christi (HOU) 4
Record: 16-25, 8.5 GB

SP Collin Wiles: 6.1 IP, 6 H (1 HR), 3 R, 1 BB, 7 SO, 4.10 ERA
RP Joe Filomeno: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 SO, 6.60 ERA
C Jose Trevino: 3-4, .257/.284/.352
1B/RF Royce Bolinger: 2-4, .264/.316/.432

After a seemingly ordinary flyout to right to begin the 7th, RF Scott Heineman and SP Collin Wiles were ejected, perhaps due to some residual anger at an umpiring crew with which Frisco has become overly familiar. Such is life in an eight-team league.

Corpus Christi is 17-8 against Frisco and 36-49 versus everyone else.

Yohandez Mendez was pulled early from his previous start with neck stiffness, and he was DL'ed yesterday.

High-A: Down East 0, at Lynchburg (CLE) 1
Record: 20-21, 7.5 GB

SP Jonathan Hernandez: 6 IP, 4 H (1 HR), 1 R, 4 BB, 3 SO, 4.40 ERA
SS Josh Morgan: 1-2, 2 walks, .253/.304/.370

Josh Morgan broke a stretch of 12 games in which he reached only once or not at all. He's hitting .231/.292/.298 since missing nearly a month with a hamstring injury. Jonathan Hernandez was effective if walk-prone over his six innings. He's tied last year's 85 strikeouts in 27 fewer innings.

Righty Kyle Cody is on the DL now but is expected back soon. In fact, he's listed as Down East's starter next Tuesday. After two months of middling results, Cody has dominated lately, holding opponents to a .142/.215/.169 line and 36% strikeout rate in his last seven starts.

Low-A: at Hickory 1, Lexington (KAN) 9
Record: 22-18, tied for 1st

SP Mike Matuella: 5 IP, 6 H (2 HR), 3 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 4.59 ERA
RP Jake Lemoine: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 SO, 3.35 ERA
CF Leody Taveras: 1-3, triple, walk, .248/.306/.353

Mike Matuella offered more control than command, throwing 56 of 77 pitches for strikes but allowing four extra-base hits including two dingers. Still, he's healthy and has been stretched out to 20 or more batters faced in his last two starts. I'll worry more about results next year.

Speaking of better control, Jake Lemoine walked or hit 14% of opposing batters in the first half of the season. In the second half, he's at a microscopic 4%.

Brendon Davis made his Texas debut at third base, going 0-4. Hickory didn't put a man on base until the 6th.  A.J. Alexy will start tonight.

Short-A: at Spokane 2,Eugene (CHC) 1
Record: 7-1, +2 G

SP Tyree Thompson: 6 IP, 4 H (1 HR), 1 R, 2 BB, 5 SO, 4.05 ERA
RP Alex Speas: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 9.41 ERA
CF Miguel Aparicio: 1-4, HR (3), .297/.328/.424

Spokane didn't have a hit until the 5th and would collect only one more, Miguel Aparicio's two-run homer in the 6th. Aparicio, six months younger than Leody Taveras, didn't hit well in an early assignment to Hickory but has come on of late in Spokane. Despite the demotion, he's still the second-youngest member of his current team, behind only Yonny Hernandez.

Tyree Thompson fanned a career-high five. Per the report from the local paper, Alex Speas will pitch in relief the rest the season. He'd been knocked around in seven starts: 10.89 ERA five homers and 17 walks in 19 innings. Speas was drafted a round after Cole Ragans in last year's draft, harder throwing but much less refined.

Rookie: Rangers 4, at Padres 2
Record: 3-1, tied for 1st

SP Bobby LaFromboise: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Cole Wiper: 2 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Derek Heffel: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1.78 ERA
RF Justin Jacobs: 2-4, walk, 2 SB (4), .341/.460/.451
3B Juan Ventura: 1-4, HR (1), .167/.231/.417

Cole Wiper inched up to two innings in his third appearance of the season. 19-year-old Juan Ventura is a relative newcomer to the league, having batted .264/.336/.355 last year in the Dominican Republic.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Not for the first time not the last, my 2012 rookie league report verbatim: "Joey Gallo (.308/.442/.775) hit his 15th homer, one behind Wlad Balentien's league record.  Lewis Brinson (.303/.347/.529) singled and doubled, and Nick Williams (.347/.413/.476) was 3-5. Hard-throwing Keone Kela (12th round, 2012) struck out the side in the 9th but allowed two unearned runs on a walk, Gallo error and single.  Gallo has 11 errors on the season.  Ryne Slack (5.75 ERA) pitched three scoreless innings.  Starter Collin Wiles (6.41 ERA) allowed three earned runs in three innings on four hits, a walk and no strikeouts."

Today's Starters:
AAA: Anthony Bass
AA: Pedro Payano
High-A: Steven Bruce
Low-A: A.J. Alexy
Short-A: Tai Tiedemann
Rookie: off

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